The defeat of Roy Moore in the Alabama senate race tells us something about voters.
Women — especially black women — made the difference. Some 57 percent of Alabamian women voted against Moore, while 56 percent of mostly white men stuck with him.
That also tells us something about the Grand Old Pedophile Party (no need to say more).
The election raised the national consciousness about the sexual predation, harassment, and assault that’s still woven deep into the fabric of our society. It starts with demeaning images of women that boys and men are bombarded with from their earliest days.
Throw in power — all the way from the ability to physically dominate a playmate to coercion, intimidation, and even rape of a subordinate in the workplace — and you end up with a toxic environment that reaches all the way to the top. Not only in politics, but in business, the arts, entertainment, education, you name it.
The question is what’s to be done, and how?
Saying no to one offender at the ballot box is a definite statement, but rejecting the environment that produces such a person needs to start at the earliest levels, with more training in respect for all genders at home and at school.
Parents and teachers alike are still too often inadvertently sending messages that girls are “lesser” when it comes to aspirations and abilities, and a little friendly unwanted kiss or pinch on the behind is treated like just part of growing up.
In the workplace, men have to take the lead, because they’re still by far the decision makers about who gets hired, who gets fired, what gets covered up, and whom and what gets punished.
It’s hard not to notice that high-profile women who now have power (but didn’t when they were harassed and worse) are the ones leading the charge. But women waiting tables, stocking shelves, picking vegetables, and cleaning offices at…